The Dreyfus affair (French: l'affaire Dreyfus) was a political scandal that divided France in the 1890s and the early 1900s. It involved the conviction for treason in November 1894 of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a young French artillery officer of Alsatian Jewish descent. Sentenced to life imprisonment for allegedly having communicated French military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris, Dreyfus was sent to the penal colony at Devil's Island in French Guiana and placed in solitary confinement,... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: short film, Dreyfus, Gen X, silent film, Georges Méliès, the carport orchestra, The Carport...
The Rajah's Casket A lush moorish or turkic-inspired set design & gorgeous costumes makes The Rajah's Casket a visual thrill. Sundry characters gather before the young rajah, presenting him with gifts, including a casket or treasure chest which is soon stolen by means of magic. A fakir is brought forth who does some sword & fire magic to help uncover the culprit who stole the treasure chest. The fakir leads the Rajah to a room with an enormous window, through which a horned djinn is... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Public Domain, Gen X, Silent Movie, Short Film, Gaston Velle, Segundo de Chomón, Fantasy, Pathé...
A compilation of views of Toledo showing bridges, walls and other architectural highlights that appear to date from as early as the 8th century by Segundo de Chomón. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Public Domain, Gen X, Silent Movie, Short Film, Segundo de Chomón, Documentary, Tolède
1908 Segundo de Chomón L'aspirateur - The Vacuum Cleaner Director: Segundo de Chomón Country: France Language: French Release Date: 1 August 1908 (USA) Sound Mix: Silent Color: Black and White Production Co: Pathé Frères France 1908 USA 1 August 1908 L'aspirateur France (original title) The Vacuum Cleaner USA ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Public Domain, Gen X, Silent Movie, Short Film, Segundo de Chomón, Comedy, Pathé Frères
Our far gone friend is about to have a very strange evening indeed. Based on the comic strip of the same name by Winsor McKay. This was the Edison Company's most popular film release in 1906. Between 1903 and 1905 Edwin Stanton Porter successfully demonstrated most of the techniques that were to become the basic modes of visual communication through film. For instance he helped to develop the modern concept of continuity editing, and is often credited with discovering that the basic unit of... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: short film, silent film, Edwin S. Porter, The Carport Theatre, The Carport Orchestra
Les Roses Magique (The Magic Roses) 1906 by Segundo de Chomón Pathé Frères Film Catalogue no. 1560 ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Public Domain, Gen X, Silent Movie, Short Film, Segundo de Chomón, Fantasy, Stop Motion Animation,...
This illustrated scan of The Olive Fairy Book (1907) contains the following stories: Madschun / The Blue Parrot / Geirlug The King's Daughter / The Story of Little King Loc / A Long-Bow Story / Jackal or Tiger? / The Comb and the Collar / The Thanksgiving of the Wazir / Samba the Coward / Kupti and Imani / The Strange Adventures of Little Maia / Diamond Cut Diamond / The Green Knight / The Five Wise Words of the Guru / The Golden-Headed Fish / Dorani / The Satin Surgeon / The Billy Goat and the... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Andrew Lang, 1907, The Olive Fairy Book
A French bedroom style farce, a down-on-their-luck married society couple (Dorian and Warren) persuade an unmarried pair (Valentino and Myers) to take their places at a party while they pretend to be the servants to impress a man of means who may give them money and assistance. In contrast to the screen persona of "The Great Lover", Valentino's character of Richard Thayer is shy and insecure. For this film, he performed several scenes of physical comedy and pratfalls, including... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X,, Comedy, Drama, Silent Film, Rudolph Valentino, Carmel Myers
Yellow Fairy Book (1894) First edition, 1894. Its initial printing was 15,000 copies. This 1906 scan of The Yellow Fairy Book has gorgeous illustrations and contains the following stories: The Cat and the Mouse in Partnership / The Six Swans / The Dragon of the North / Story of the Emperor's New Clothes / The Golden Crab / The Iron Stove / The Dragon and his Grandmother / The Donkey Cabbage / The Little Green Frog / The Seven-headed Serpent / The Grateful Beasts / The Giants and the Herd-boy /... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Andrew Lang, 1906, The Yellow Fairy Book
The sequel to the initial volume, it appeared at Christmas 1890 in a first printing of 10,000 copies. This 1907 scan of The Red Fairy Book (originally published in 1890) includes lovely illustrations and the following stories: The Twelve Dancing Princesses / The Princess Mayblossom / Soria Moria Castle / The Death of Koschei the Deathless / The Black Thief and Knight of the Glen / The Master Thief / Brother and Sister / Princess Rosette / The Enchanted Pig / The Norka / The Wonderful Birch /... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Andrew Lang, 1907, The Red Fairy Book
Camille is a 1921 silent film starring Rudolph Valentino and Alla Nazimova. It is one of numerous screen adaptations of La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, fils. The original play opened in Paris in 1852. The film moves the setting of the story to 1920s Paris, and includes many lavish Art Deco sets, including that of Marguerite's apartment. Natacha Rambova, who would later become Valentino's second wife, was the movie's art director. SYNOPSIS: Camille is a courtesan in Paris. She falls... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Silent Film, Drama, Alexandre Dumas, Rudolph Valentino, Alla Nazimova
This 1906 scanned copy of The Violet Fairy Book, originally published in 1901 (Second edition, 1902), contains beautiful illustrations and includes the following stories: A Tale Of the Tontlawald / The Finest Liar in the World / The Story of Three Wonderful Beggars / Schippeitaro / The Three Princes and their Beasts / The Goat's Ears of the Emperor Trojan / The Nine Pea-hens and the Golden Apples / The Lute Player / The Grateful Prince / The Child who came from an Egg / Stan Bolovan / The Two... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Andrew Lang, 1906, The Violet Fairy Book
Originally published in 1897, this is the illustrated 1904 edition of The Pink Fairy Book which includes the following stories: The Cat's Elopement / How the Dragon was Tricked / The Goblin and the Grocer / The House in the Wood / Uraschimataro and the Turtle / The Slaying of the Tanuki / The Flying Trunk / The Snow Man / The Shirt-Collar / The Princess in the Chest / The Three Brothers / The Snow-queen / The Fir-Tree / Hans, the Mermaid's Son / Peter Bull / The Bird 'Grip' / Snowflake / I know... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Andrew Lang, 1904, The Pink Fairy Book
"Sleeping Beauty" 1908 Segundo de Chomón La Belle Au Bois Dormant - Sleeping Beauty Directors: Albert Capellani, Lucien Nonguet Writer: Charles Perrault (tale) Stars: Julienne Mathieu Production Co: Pathé Frères ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Public Domain, Gen X, Silent Movie, Short Film, Segundo de Chomónn, Julienne Mathieu, Fantasy,...
This 1908 scan of The Crimson Fairy Book (originally published in 1903) includes lovely colour and black and white illustrations, and contains the following stories: Lovely Ilonka / Lucky Luck / The Hairy Man / To Your Good Health! / The Story of the Seven Simons / The Language of Beasts / The Boy Who Could Keep a Secret / The Prince and the Dragon / Little Wildrose / Tiidu the Piper / Paperarello / The Gifts of the Magician / The Strong Prince / The Treasure Seeker / The Cottager and his Cat /... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Andrew Lang, 1908, The Olive Fairy Book
This scan of The Orange Fairy Book, 1906, includes the following stories: The Story of the Hero Makoma / The Magic Mirror / Story of the King who would see Paradise / How Isuro the Rabbit tricked Gudu / Ian, the Soldier's Son / The Fox and the Wolf / How Ian Direach got the Blue Falcon / The Ugly Duckling / The Two Caskets / The Goldsmith's Fortune / The Enchanted Wreath / The Foolish Weaver / The Clever Cat / The Story of Manus Pinkel the Thief / The Adventures of a Jackal / The Adventures of... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Andrew Lang, 1906, The Orange Fairy Book
In his Preface to this volume, Lang expressed the view that it would be "probably the last" in the series; but continuing popularity demanded subsequent collections. Green Fairy Book was originally published in 1892. This scanned copy from 1906 has illustrations and includes the following stories: The Blue Bird / The Half-Chick / The Story of Caliph Stork / The Enchanted Watch / Rosanella / Sylvain and Jocosa / Fairy Gifts / Prince Narcissus and the Princess Potentilla / Prince... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Andrew Lang, 1906, The Green Fairy Book
A young woman, confronted by four options for proceeding in her life, is granted the ability to see what results would come from her choice of of the options. After she sees her future along three of the roads, she makes her choice. This film is often credited for giving Valentino the role that led to him being cast in The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse (1921). Stars: Clara Kimball Young, Gareth Hughes and Pauline Starke Features: Rudolph Valentino Runtime: 78 min Sound Mix: Silent Color:... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Silent Film, Rudolph Valentino, Drama
Sort of a Valentine treat. A comback film for Rudolph with this well-liked film. Plot [Wikipedia]... Vladimir Dubrovsky (Rudolph Valentino), a Cossack serving in the Russian army, comes to the notice of the Czarina (Louise Dresser) when he rescues Mascha (Vilma Banky), a beautiful young lady, and her aunt trapped in a runaway stagecoach. He is delighted when the Czarina offers to make him a general but horrified when she tries to seduce him. He flees and the Czarina puts a price on his head.... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Clarence Brown, Louise Dresser, Rudolph Valentino, silent film, Vilma Banky, William Cameron Menzies
Originally published in 1900, this scanned copy of Grey Fairy Book from 1905 has illustrations and includes the following stories: Donkey Skin / The Goblin Pony / An Impossible Enchantment / The Story of Dschemil and Dachemila / Janni and the Draken / The Partnership of the Thief and the Liar / Fortunatus and his Purse / The Goat-faced Girl / What came of picking Flowers / The Story of Bensurdatu / The Magician's Horse / The Little Gray Man / Herr Lazarus and the Draken / The Story of the Queen... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Andrew Lang, 1905, The Grey Fairy Book
Loie Fuller, American dancer and theatre innovator known as the 'Butterfly Girl' and inventing the 'Serpentine Dance', often performed at Folies Bergère and was so revered she did Danse Serpentine for Lumière films. She was the first American modern dancer to perform in Europe and introduced Isadora Duncan to Europe as well. Her spouse was Gabrielle Bloch and a wonderful 1902 portrait of Loie can be found here, by Frederick Glasier http://www.shorpy.com/node/1641?size=_original ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Public Domain, Gen X, Silent Movie, Short Film, Segundo de Chomón, Loie Fuller, Dance
The fiend faces the spectacular mind-bending consequences of his free-wheeling rarebit binge. Stars Jack Brawn http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000546/ Please watch Carport Theatre's amazing scored version of this film. You won't regret it. It's wonderful. http://archive.org/details/DreamOfARarebitFiend_381 ( 2 reviews ) Topics: Gen X, Wallace McCutcheon, Edwin S. Porter, Winsor McCay, Jack Brawn, Comedy, Black and White,...
byProduced by London Film Productions, Directed by Zoltan Korda
A formerly wealthy man and his daughter try to regain wealth by selling a scheme to some investors, when they come upon a huge amount of unclaimed cash that a young electrician has in his tool box. ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Edmund Gwenn, Wendy Barrie, Robert Donat, British Depression Era Comedy